An International Symposium on Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship and the Common Good was held at ESC Rennes School of Business on January 7-8, 2010, in cooperation with the European SPES Forum and the European Business Ethics Network, and with the support of CANON Research Centre France. The aim of the conference is to explore how corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship can contribute to the common good and provide answers to the challenges posed by the current economic crisis.
Respect and Economic Democracy is based on the hypothesis that democracy will become a growing ingredient of good business and leadership. Many contributions of this sixth European SPES Cahier disclosing new practices of democratic entrepreneurship confirm this hypothesis. The authors assume that economic democracy implies a commitment rooted in respect.
Fifth Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum entitled « Respect and Economic Democracy » was hosted by the University of Catania in April 17-18, 2009 in Catania, Italy. The conference has the purpose to explore a common sense of respect, which can improve the dialogue between people and to act as a guarantor of an ethically balanced resources allocation. At the same time, the conference directs the attention of academics and practitioners to the gap between stakeholders and individuals and the lack or inefficiency of democratic mechanism in business governance.